We’ve all been there before. You’re trying to leave for work but your dog won’t let you go. Scratching, clawing and barking. Your best buddy will do just about anything for you to stay home and play. Unfortunately, getting out of the house is only part of the problem.
While you’re at work, your dog engages in destructive behavior like ripping a pillow to shreds or gnawing on your favorite shoes. Incessant barking and howling draw complaints from irritated neighbors. You spend much of the day worrying about your furry friend. Get home after a long day’s work and your dog is a relentless ball of energy.
Any of that sound familiar? If so, your dog demonstrates the classic signs of separation anxiety and boredom. It’s simply your dog’s reaction to being left alone all day. Separation anxiety isn’t only hard on your best buddy; it’s hard on you!
But, you can intervene before symptoms worsen and behavior becomes harder to manage. Follow these tips to alleviate separation anxiety and take back your work day:
How to Prevent Separation Anxiety in Dogs
- Get Exercise What better way to expend all of that energy then with a long walk or game of fetch? Your dog won’t have the energy to act destructively after you head out the door.
- Favorite Toys Right before you leave, give your pup a treat-filled toy to distract him from your imminent exit.
- Keep it Simple Don’t make a big deal about your departure. Your dog will take its emotional cues from your own behavior and react in kind. Stay calm and keep your entrances and exits low-key.
- Try Supplements Try using naturally sourced supplements like Composure™ to alleviate stress. Give one Composure™ chew 30 minutes before leaving to encourage relaxed behavior without side effects.
- Consult Your Vet Still can’t find a solution? Helps starts by talking to your vet today. Let a trained expert determine the best way to handle your pet’s separation anxiety and boredom.